This book has had a long gestation period—from my teenage years until now. My father started several businesses simultaneously (scrap metal, barrels and drums, and sanitary rags for manufacturing use) in Cincinnati, Ohio, during the early 1930s and brought my older brother into the business after World War II. They gradually sold off the businesses, leaving only the scrap metal business. About 20 years later, my younger brother entered the business. Because of a serious disagreement that never was resolved, he left the business 8 years later to start his own scrap metal firm in Dayton, Ohio.

Although I worked in the business for several summers during my high school days driving a tractor-trailer (I was big for my age and got away with ...

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